The sounds of silence: A classic silent film with a live score

Boston Court Performing Arts Center presents three one-night only performances on May 13, 14 and 15 in the Marjorie Branson Performance Space at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 North Mentor Avenue.

Friday, May 13, 8pm – The New Sound of Silent Film with classic silent film “Borderline” including a live score by bassist Tom Peters. Peters provides the live musical score for the classic 1930 British silent film “Borderline.”  Borderline is a 1930 British experimental silent film by Kenneth MacPherson and the Pool Group, starring Paul Robeson. In the film two couples – white and black – intersect with racial values, each other, and the small town in which they find themselves. The Pool Group consisted of Winfred Ellerman, her bisexual husband Kenneth McPherson and her lover the poet Hilda Doolittle.  “Borderline” was the last film that the Pool Group would complete before disbanding and has become a classic of early experimental cinema.

Saturday, May 14, 8pm – LA Opera Young Artist Recital. Hear the next up and coming Placido Domingo or Maria Callas at a special concert  featuring members of the Company’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program. “25 Recitals for 25 Seasons: LA Opera’s Young Artist Celebration,”  is an extensive series of community recitals that  have been created to honor the Company’s 25th Anniversary Season.  Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the thrilling sounds of the next generation of operatic superstars singing the most beloved arias and ensembles in the uniquely intimate setting of Boston Court.

Sunday, May 15, 2pm – Tracking Film and Television Music, An afternoon with Lee Holdridge & Jon Burlingame. The musical scoring behind a screen story can create some of the most enduring and endearing moments in film or television.  World renowned author and lecturer, Jon Burlingame helps to see and hear this astonishing and precise world when he and Emmy and Grammy award winning composer, Lee Holdridge discuss music composed for the big and little screens from the composer’s perspective.  Live musical performances and selected clips from Mr. Holdridge’s extensive catalogue of his film and television scores are interspersed throughout this fascinating, behind the scenes look at the music behind the magic.

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